Since joining Kilpatrick Green in 1984 as an electrician, Kevin’s career has taken him through almost a dozen different companies on the journey to becoming Cushman & Wakefield. Since January 2016, he has served as the National Operations Manager, Caltex Account – part of the Global Occupier Services business – where he is responsible for the account’s operational and financial WIP reporting, as well as overseeing vendor contracts and the national preventative maintenance program for Caltex.
Kevin’s says his attitude towards work has always helped him on his career journey: ‘I find when I’m proactive, I achieve my goals.’ It was by putting this idea into action on a previous account that led him to being recognized for outstanding contract performance – and to where he is today.
Nearing the start of his 34th year, Kevin says that working for Cushman & Wakefield has given him amazing opportunities, great colleagues, and new and exciting roles.
Find out a little more about Kevin’s career journey below.
What year did you join Cushman & Wakefield (or one of the merged firms) and in what role?
Kevin Arnold: I joined in January 1984 as an electrician with Kilpatrick Green.
What is your title? Briefly describe your day-to day-responsibilities.
Kevin: I’m the National Operations Manager for the Caltex Account. My day-to-day responsibilities include, among other things, operational and financial WIP reporting as well as the management of preventative maintenance systems and the management of vendors.
Describe some of the changes you’ve seen take place in your role and our firm.
Kevin: Over the last 33 years, I have worked for 11 different companies under the one group, relocated offices 10 times and, as a result, I have quite an extensive business card collection.
I still remember when “The Brick” mobile phone was first introduced into the company; it was a hazard on its own due to its weight and size. We also had a large digital camera. Images were recorded on a 3.5” floppy disk and then copied to the PC via a disk drive. Now we have the luxury of the smart phone that does both and more.
Describe some high points in your career.
Kevin: From 2003 to 2011, I managed a state-based telco contract as a Facility Manager. Due to the outstanding contract performance and client relationship, we were awarded a national contract in 2012, and I was promoted to National Contract Manager.
What are some things that many of your colleagues would not know about you?
Kevin: I am married with three children – two girls and a boy. As a family, we enjoy snow skiing and beach holidays, while my personal interests include living healthily, eating real food, and following the MotoGP.
If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be, and why?
Kevin: Action gets results. I find that when I’m proactive I achieve my goals.
If you could have dinner with any one person, living or dead, who would he/she be and why?
Kevin: I’d choose the Australian chef Pete Evans – I’m interested in his ‘Food is Medicine’ philosophy.
What do you like best about working for Cushman & Wakefield?
Kevin: There have always been great opportunities, friendly colleagues, and new and exciting roles along my 33-year journey.